Trump calls fired intelligence watchdog a ‘disgrace’ as Democrats rebuke his decision

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Leading congressional Democrats attacked President Donald Trump’s decision to fire the intelligence community inspector general who flagged the whistleblower complaint at the center of the president’s impeachment, as Trump defended his decision at a Saturday White House briefing.

Trump alerted Congress Friday night that he planned to remove Michael Atkinson from his post. On Saturday afternoon, he went on an extended riff about the decision during the White House coronavirus task force briefing.

“I thought he did a terrible job. Absolutely terrible,” Trump said. “That man is a disgrace to IGs.”


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